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Good activities for teaching French in KS2?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by DJL, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. DJL

    DJL

    I'm covering French (supply) in KS2 (Y4/5). I've been given MTP with content to cover and am fine with the language. However, haven't taught MFL in primary before (have taught it in special school) and would like some ideas for activities to do to introduce or practise the language. It looks like previous supply teachers have resorted to fill in the gap type worksheets and I particularly want to avoid these. Would rather be doing as much conversation as possible. However, they are a pretty 'challenging' class, so need a lot of structure.
    Thanks for any ideas, if you can make sense of my post.
     
  2. DJL

    DJL

    I'm covering French (supply) in KS2 (Y4/5). I've been given MTP with content to cover and am fine with the language. However, haven't taught MFL in primary before (have taught it in special school) and would like some ideas for activities to do to introduce or practise the language. It looks like previous supply teachers have resorted to fill in the gap type worksheets and I particularly want to avoid these. Would rather be doing as much conversation as possible. However, they are a pretty 'challenging' class, so need a lot of structure.
    Thanks for any ideas, if you can make sense of my post.
     
  3. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    Go to this site and either post your request or click on the top bar for resources or preferably both!
    See previous discussions on the site too.
    Or get hold of a copy of this book: `100+ Ideas for Practising Modern Languages' published by Brilliant Publications.
    Or look for further advice here
    Bonne Chance!
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Pictures on Powerpoints/flashcards/actualia for introduction of most vocab. Play games to practise/ use.
    I love to use puppets, paper bag or sock puppets are the easiest, and give something for the less confident to 'hide behind' - if they make a mistake it's not them but the puppet.
    Songs are great too and there's lots of resources.
     
  5. http://www.suttonhighmfl.110mb.com/primaryfre.htm is a helpful site with lots of online games.interactives.

    I also echo the pervious comment about the Brilliant Publications book, I really enjoyed it!

    Have fun!
     
  6. This site is also helpful for lesson plans/resources and assessment packs.

    http://www.sunderlandschools.org/mfl-sunderland/resources-pr-fr-newsunderlandmaterials.htm

    Don't forget to get them doing things in full sentences where possible, rather than lots of odd bits of vocab! :)
     
  7. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

  8. I think others have probably already mentioned the invaluable www.primarylanguages.org.uk
    also http://primarymfl.ning.com/forum/topics/french-week (lots of stuff, not just French week!)
    all the Grids for Learning eg Warrington (a colleague of mine has done some sterling work here),Northumberland, West Sussex as well as Sunderland
    obviously a browse around the TES resources
    QCDA SoW (available via the Primary Langs website, ditto KS2 Framework for Languages) - I've used these for years, adapting according to particular groups
    I tend to avoid longish whole-group games/singing starters with a lively group, 15 mins max - though I often put that kind of thing into the middle, or even the end of the lesson
    explaning objectives, or generally mirroring lesson structures they are familiar with in other lessons can work well too
    browse through the Teach Yourself French for Primary School Teachers - though it's a language course book (ie refresher) for non-French specialists, it covers a lot of language and ideas you might find useful, including stories, fables, rhymes, songs, info on la Francophonie etc
    Keep us posted on how things go - always interesting!
     
  9. DJL

    DJL

    Thanks for all your encouragement and links. I've found loads of really helpful stuff that I just couldn't find before, including this http://www.slideshare.net/runaway/mfl-games which is fantastic. Looking forward to this week's lesson and will let you know how it goes.
     
  10. You're welcome - it's very helpful!

    I know a colleague of mine used it for French in Y3/4 last year and found it fab. As a German specialist I'd love to see some more primary German but I'm aware French is more prevalent, so am looking at making some bits of my own available oneline. Keep up the good work and vielen Dank! :D
     
  11. funambule

    funambule New commenter

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